By Gabriel Olawale
The newly installed President of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, NPMCN, Professor Opubo Benedict da Lilly-Tariah has assured that his administration would see to the development of competent and highly skilled fellows. He made this pledge during his investiture as the 20th President of the college in Lagos.
Da Lilly-Tariah further expressed his desire to make the college a renowned international medical graduate training centre with state-of-the-art training facility that would support the evolving needs of specialist doctors and dentists at all levels of their career.
Professor Da Lilly-Tariah who is also the Head of ENT department at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital informed the audience that the dream of the founding fathers of the institution, which among others, was to reduce the huge sums of money being expended on medical tourism and overseas training, has stood the test of time.
Da Lilly-Tariah further stated that the successful training and graduation of 5,773 Fellows by the college since inception, has saved the country a lot of funds.
He said: “Our mandate as a college is to produce medical and dental specialists of the highest standards who will provide world class services in teaching, research and healthcare.
“In pursuing this mission, I will encourage all faculties to develop curricula in subspecialties in line with the 21st Century as the college wishes to certify all subspecialty training.
“The college will pursue the disciplines of Emergency Medicine and Geriatric Medicine with increased vigour. The various faculties will be tasked with drawing up areas of issue-based interests that will generate research topics and the college is willing to collaborate with any agency in funding this project.
“Our ultimate goal of investing in ICT is to run online course and we are not going to relent until that is achieved.
He urged government to invest a logical percentage of the saved fund to the college for improvement of training infrastructure, educational facilities and its overall development.
“Government should try as much as possible to prevent recurrent strike in our teaching hospitals, brain drain and ensure universal health coverage at all levels in Nigeria.